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By clarionadmin, Jul 4 2018 11:01AM


We were very pleased to be asked to sing at the launch of Refugee Week at the Council House in Nottingham on Monday, 18 June 2018. The Choir was also proud to sing songs which support the theme of the struggles refugees encounter when leaving their homelands, travelling dangerously over land and sea, sometimes trafficked, then arriving on foreign shores, lonely, bewildered and feeling they have no rights and no-one to turn to when things get tough.


The songs we sang at this event were part of the Choir’s planned theme for Justice this year and included: ‘I want Rosa to Stay’; ‘Deportees’ (the words to this were written by Woodie Guthrie who became very angry when he heard about the tragedy of deportees from the USA who were killed in an aircrash. American radio reported the names of the crew of the plane but referred to other passengers as ‘just deportees’); ‘We Need Each Other Now’ (showing how our similarities are more important than our differences); ‘Finlandia – Song of Peace’, (based on the music of Sibelius with words by Lloyd Stone, an anthem acknowledging the love everyone has for the country they were born and grew up in and by inference, how difficult it is to leave the country you love); and We Shall Not Give Up the Fight’, (a song from the Apartheid struggle in South Africa, which is still so relevant today in seeking justice and freedom for all).


Needless to say, the Clarion Choir, received a great reception on the night, a wonderful reward for the hard work, choir members had put in to learn and practice the songs specifically for the event.



By clarionadmin, Jun 12 2018 02:27PM

Our 30th year is themed around justice. What better way to express that than to support the Palestinian cause. Nottingham PSC gathered on 12th May in the Ukrainian Comrades Club for a part fundraiser, part celebration of the rich Palestinian culture of the diaspora. Young Palestinian dancers from London and Sheffield amazed with their energy. They tried to teach the assembled throng with as much success as a local Ceilidh band. Food was shared. The Clarion choir dusted off the Palestinian set along with a few more general numbers promising to keep up the valiant struggle for justice.




By clarionadmin, Jun 10 2018 01:38PM

'3 acres and a cow' - a group of young people retelling the history of land rights and protest in folk song, story and poetry had invited us to collaborate on their gig at the New Mechanics in Nottingham.


('3 acres and a cow' was the slogan of the British land reformers and campaigners of the 1880s against rural poverty.)


It was a full house in the ballroom at the Mechanics and a very warm and receptive audience. The performers Roo Bramley and Tim Ralphs delivered their storytelling with panache, a banjo and some props. We heard about tenant farmers and people faced with evictions from their land and fighting for their rights, starting from the Norman Conquest via the Peasants’ Revolt, the Enclosures, the English Civil War, the Irish Land League and the Industrial Revolution to present-day poll tax riots and the housing crisis of today.


The audience joined in heartily with the many songs, and the choir introduced the second half with three of our own songs relating to the theme of losing one’s home and land in present day struggles as that of the Palestinians, the refugee catastrophe and people standing up to our common land being abused by fracking.


As it is one of our 30th anniversary aims to join up with young activists and campaigners, we were happy to team up with '3 acres and a cow' on this occasion and look forward to do it again in the future!





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